Another one of John Waters’ unconventional movie stars has passed: Jean E. Hill. Hill is best remembered (by some of us) as demented domestic servant Grizelda Brown in Waters’ film “Desperate Living”.
“Desperate Living” has always been one of my favorite Waters films, and I’ve always seen it as some kind of psycho-camp trilogy along with Pink Flamingos” and “Female Trouble”. It’s an utterly quotable film, (“When you’re in the streets of Mortville, dress like what you really are: TRASH!” and has remained a trash classic at my house since I first caught it with a roomful of stoned art students in college.
RIP, Jean. Say hello to Edith Massey and Divine.